I have heard some call Islam a ‘death cult.’ I have heard others point out that in the minds of many Muslims, there really is no loyalty except the loyalty to Islam. In other words, it’s not a religion, it is much more.
It’s probably true that for the most part, law enforcement and Homeland Security will consider Islam to be a religion, even as they try to unmask the motives of terrorists.
Florida state records reveal the gay-bashing, Taliban-loving father of the terrorist who massacred gay nightclub-goers helped run the small area mosque where his son worshiped, and local authorities and neighbors say the Islamic center was a “breeding ground” for terrorists.
The revelations call into question claims by the mosque’s cleric, who has maintained in media interviews he had little interaction with terrorist Omar Seddique Mateen and hardly knew the gunman who regularly attended his mosque. They also contradict assertions his mosque is moderate and only teaches “peace.”
I don’t actually believe the part about only teaching peace. But what can the government do? Shut down mosques? Monitor prayers for content? Infiltrate? If Islam is just a religion, then can Christian churches also be monitored by the government for hateful messages.
America is a powder keg right now. This latest attack has gotten the attention of even the political left. Of course, some of those on the left have taken the issue in a strange direction.
A couple of attorneys who work for the ACLU are blaming the political environment created by anti-gay Christian conservatives for the shootings in Orlando.
The shooter, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to ISIS and was a known extremist to the FBI.
Somehow I think the ‘environment’ in his home and mosque might have had something to do with his attitude toward gays. Some reports indicate he was a regular at the nightclub, and may have been gay. More layers. Listen to hateful anti-gay preaching, and then drive far away from home to a gay bar to pick up guys.
Still, what can or should the government do to eliminate the threat?
I hope we can all agree that the Christian view does not support violence or harassment of anyone, gay, transgender or anything else that can be imagined. Anyone who thinks Jesus would support violence or harassment has missed the Mark. Also Luke, Matthew and John.
“I give you a new commandment: love one another; just as I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples.” Jn. 13.34-35
“Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judge yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned.” Lk 6.27
Yours in Christ, Dave.